India records 181 COVID-19 deaths, 15,144 new cases of infection in last 24 hours
Dr Randeep Guleria, Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), among the first to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of the nationwide innoculation drive launched to stem the spread of the virus, in New Delhi on January 16, 2021. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan is also seen in the picture.IANS

India records 181 COVID-19 deaths, 15,144 new cases of infection in last 24 hours

New Delhi, January 17, 2021

India today recorded 181 deaths due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 15,144 new cases of infection even as the country rolled out a massive vaccination campaign that is said to be the largest such exercise ever in the world.

With the latest numbers put out by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare this morning, the death toll so far has gone up to 152274, while the total number of cases of infection in the country, since the first case was registered in late January, has increased to 10,557,985.

The number of deaths in a 24-hour period remained below the 300-mark for the 21st consecutive day today. It has remained below 200 for the fourth consecutive day and for the sixth time in the last seven days.

The number of new cases of infection in a day remained below 30,000 for the 34th day in a row and below 20,000 for the tenth consecutive day today.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 increased to 10,196,885 as of this morning, up 17,170 from yesterday, making for a recovery rate of 96.57%.

The number of active cases reduced by 2,207 to 208,826 in the last 24 hours.

The highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 in a single day in the country -- 1,290 -- was reported on September 16. India had reported 175 deaths yesterday.

The highest number of fresh cases of infection in a 24-hour period -- 97,894 -- was reported on September 17. The country had recorded 15,158 new cases of infection yesterday.

The world has reported a total of more than 94.475 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll has climbed to 2,021,871 as of this morning, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University in the United States, which is tracking the pandemic.

India is placed second in the world in terms of the total number of cases of infection so far, behind the United States (more than 23.754 million cases) and ahead of Brazil (more than 8.455 million cases).

In terms of the number of deaths, the country ranks third after the US (395,785) and Brazil (209,296).


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